A local election official in Pennsylvania announced plans Thursday to defy the state and resist enforcing its newly enacted voter ID law, signed by Gov. Tom Corbett (R) earlier this year.
Christopher Broach, a Democrat who oversees elections in Delaware County, a Keystone State suburb, told thePhiladelphia Inquirer he won’t ask voters to present ID because it’s a violation of their civil rights, implemented “for the sake of getting Mitt Romney elected.”
“To ask me to enforce something that violates civil rights is ludicrous and absolutely something I am not willing to do,” Broach told the outlet in an interview.
Broach is the first election official to publicly declare his intention to ignore the new photo ID measure, but he’s not the only official with concerns. Jane Golas, a Republican inspector of elections for Radnor Township said she believes the law is politically motivated.
“This is a move by people to suppress the vote in the city of Philadelphia,” she told theInquirer. “We never had an issue with people coming in to fraudulently vote.”